Westminster council has today launched a trial that will force owners of pre-2015 diesel cars to pay a 50% hourly surcharge to park in on-street bays in Fitzrovia, Marylebone and the Hyde Park area.
That brings the cost of an hour’s parking in these spaces up to £7.35 for diesel cars, compared with the standard rate of £4.90. Westminster is the first local council to impose extra parking charges for diesel cars. It has the backing of community groups, including the Marylebone Association.
When the scheme was announced in January, councillor David Harvey said: “Additional charges for diesel vehicles will mean people think twice about using highly polluting cars and invest in cleaner transport that will make a real difference in the quality of air we breathe.”
The trial comes ahead of the introduction of London’s T-charge in October, which will impose an extra £10 on drivers of older diesel vehicles for entering the Congestion Charging zone.
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